OK, I’ve set the Time Machine for 1962, London, Soho, we have tickets, buckle up! Starting our descent…1964…1963…1962…July… June… May ….19th…18th…17th….23:00 hours. We’re here!
Gentlemen, conceal your mobile phones, please.
Damn. It’s raining.
Track Selection: Half a Sawbuck (8:22)
Fifty years ago exactly, fresh as today, live at Ronnie Scotts, Tubby Hayes Quintet.
Gordon Beck (p) Jimmy Deuchar (t) Allan Ganley (d) Tubby Hayes (ss,ts,vib) Freddy Logan(b) recorded Ronnie Scotts Club, London, England ,17-18th May 1962
Superbly recorded and engineered, capturing the sense of being there but without clinking glasses or hubbub of conversation like Bill Evans Village Vanguard sessions. And no whoops, wolf whistles, yelps, or mobile phones ringing, just very British understated applause as everyone in the room appreciated they were in the presence of something very special that night. Tubby’s already awesome playing was energised to new heights by the club audience, right off the speedometer, sparks fly, the intensity of everyone’s playing is almost exhausting as you follow every note.
This live session was released over two albums, so if you want the complete evening in, you have to chase them both.
Vinyl: Fontana 687 307 TL 5200
Reissued on the evil silver disc in 1998 on Redial Records CD 558 183-2, but it will never sound like the vinyl.
UK Phillips pressing, UK original on Fontana released in 1963. A superb pressing, but slightly wonky cover due to water “damage”. Though the front cover art is perfect enough for me, some collectors were perhaps held back from the XXL bid this record usually attracts.
Source: Ebay Location: UK
VG/EX CONDITION!!VERY RARE ORIG BRITISH JAZZ LPSLEEVE-IN VG CONDITION, SADLY SOME MOISTURE HAS GOT ON THE SLEEVE, AND HAS RIPPLED THE REAR, LIGHT WEAR, NO RIPS OR TEARS. RECORD IN NICE EX CONDITION!!, LIGHT INAUDIBLE MARK ON SIDE TRACK 1 SIDE 1
Its only taken two years to find clean copies at an (ahem) “affordable” price, actually both bloody expensive, but worth every penny. Late Spot at Scotts is particularly sought after by Tubby-ophiles – the last copy I remember chasing on Ebay went £100 over my house limit, but they are both gems and it has taken a couple of years to finally complete the collection.
For somewhat different reasons, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club is a trip down Memory Lane. In 1962 when this recording was made I was not long out of short trousers and would had no awareness of this great music – that was not to happen for many decades. However, eight years after the Hayes recording was made, on the evening of Monday 4th May 1970, the little rhythm & blues band I was playing in at the time landed a spot at Ronnie Scotts – only “Upstairs at Ronnies”, the nightclub and discotheque, above the great jazz venue. Lowlight of the gig, which was well received as I recall, was the four of us in the band pushing a Hammond B6 organ up a very narrow and very long flight of stairs. And then down again. It’s not called Upstairs for nothing.
Not that this story has anything to do with collecting jazz, but its nice to recollect playing just one floor away from where this Tubby Hayes recording was made. Any way, no time for more chitchat, we are due back in the 21st Century any minute and I have left the time machine parked in a somewhat awkward spot…
Buckle up. Must fly.